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WORKS 




An alumni profile 
highlighting careers 
in the arts. 

The University of the Arts 



The University of the Arts, 
presently comprised of the 
Philadelphia College of 
Art and Design and the 
Philadelphia College of 
Perfor/ning Arts, rejoices 
in a 120-year tradition. 

This tradition dates from 
the formation of the Penn- 
sylvania Museum School 
of Industrial Art (1876) 
and the Philadelphia 
Musical Academy (1870). 

Since those origins, the 
University has expanded 
to offer challenging under- 
graduate and graduate 
programs in Design. 
Media Arts. Fine Arts. 
Crafts. Dance. Music and 
Theater A rts. 





The University of the Arts 

is tht only //iiivtrsity lu the iidtioii dedicated exclu- 
sively to education and professional training in design 
a)id the visual and performing arts. As si/ch. the 
school provides unique people with a unicjue environ- 
ment where artists congregate with other artists. 

At The University of the Arts, not only do students 
acquire the critical skills necessary to develop their 
artistic vision, hut they are educated to contribute to 
and advance their respectii'e professions. Graduates are 
fully equipped to pursue careers in their specialized 
fields, hiownig that they have a strong sense of how 
the arts apply to a broad range of social, political and 
economic issues. 



The accomplishments youfl read about on the follow- 
ing pages are a tribute to the creativity and drive of 
our alumni, faculty, and students. 

These artists serve as an example to today's students 
of how talent, coupled with hard work and dedica- 
tion, can lead to success and career satisfaction. 



Peter Solmssen 
President 



'The University of the Arts is unique. . . 



■' Where else can you walk 
down the block into an- 
other building and be able 
to fraternize with dancers, 
actors and artists instead 
of being completely sur- 
rounded by musicians and 
no one else? " 




'89 music, Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Violinist with Philadel- 
phia Orchestra, for which he soloed three times prior to 
graduation. Was soloist with the Chicago Symphony under 
Georg Solti, and with the Boston Pops, and performed at the 
U.N. and in Costa Rica. Overall winner. National Federation 
of Music Clubs competition and prize winner, Joachim Inter- 
national Violin Competition, Austria. 



'There was a dynatnic about the school that really 
celebrated creativity, an atmosphere which allowed 
for a lot of personal expression. . . '' 




73 - 75 graphic design, Carbone Smolan Associates, New 
York City. Their design firm has created signage for the 
Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre; designed the "Day 
in the Life" photography book series; and textbooks for 
Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill. Alumni Award 
recipients. 



Ken: "I can reniemher 
walking Hp stairtcells 
never knowing if I would 
encounter something hang- 
ing there, such as an 
environmental sculpture 
that was a student project. 
The school was full of con- 
stant surprise, and I think 
it has to u 'ith the fact 
that, instead of a sprawl- 
ing campus, it's a concen- 
trated, very saturated area 
of creativity right in the 
heart of downtown Phila- 
delphia. " 

Leslie: "To this day I 
come back to the process 
that was stressed: not just 
picking one good idea but 
brainstorming a number 
of conceptual ideas and 
then refining one over and 
over again, constantly 
eliminating what's unnec- 
essary, until you arrive at 
the strongest communica- 
tion possible. " 



'The University of the Arts allowed me to be in an 
environ?nent and a community of fellow striving 
young creative artists. ^' 



'' Instead of being isolated 
with other dancers. I was 
able to mingle with actors, 
musicians and visual art- 
ists. And all the while I 
was exposed to New York, 
without having to live 
there: the University con- 
stantly brings New York 
dance teachers and per- 
formers to the University. " 




Antonio Carlos Scott 



'88 modern dance, New York City. Member of the Alvin 
Alley American Dance Theater company; he also danced with 
The Jamison Project and was a dancer/teacher with the Phila- 
delphia Dance Company while still in college. He has trained 
with the Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and 
Houston's Allegro Ballet. 



'My years at the school were a great awakening. 




"That's, when things opened 
up for me intellectually. 
My convictions, and my 
awareness of the world, 
art. and what it means to 
be an artist grew tremen- 
dously. It was a great 
period of time for me. " 



'54 -'58 pointing, Philadelphia. Nationally-renowned 
painter whose work is in the permanent collections ot the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Phila- 
delphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Chicago Art 
Institute and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 



"The school trained my eye to see — to gain insight 
into my subject matter. . . '' 



' A long u 'jth photography 
courses. I took painting 
and graphic c/esign. The 
liberal arts classes were 
helpful as well. You have 
to learn English and 
literature ami art history, 
because when you get out 
into the real world, you 
need to know how to write, 
do an estimate, and coni- 
niunicate u 'ith people. You 
can't jnst take pictures. " 




'8i photography. New York City. Portrait and fashion pho- 
tographer whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair. Rolling 
Stone, Time. Details. Philadelphia magazine and The Philadel- 
phia Inquirer Magazine. She has photographed David Byrne, 
Queen Latifah, Deee-Lite, Lenny Kravitz, and Michael J. Fox. 



'The University of the Arts gave me an understanding 
of the concentration and dedication that is needed to 
structure your life around your career. " 




Rhonda LaChanze Sapp 



" // also gave me a range of 
dance styles and tech- 
)iiqiies. that I don't tbink 
I uv//ld Ih/re learned 
i/nyu'ljere else. I was also 
exposed to niiisic. both 
reading and u 'riting it. 
s'niging and acting. Over- 
all. I felt I ivas exposed 
to every aspect of the per- 
forming arts industry. " 



'85 theater dance. While still at the University she was 
selected to appear in the first ot her three Broadway shows, 
"Uptown It's Hot " with IVIaurice Hines. She followed that 
with the revival of "Dream Girls" and "Once on This Island." 
tor which she received a 1991 Tony nomination tor best 
featured actress in a musical. Outer Critics and Drama Desk 
nominations, and a Theater World Award. She appeared in a 
"Jesus Christ Superstar" revival, in a recurring role on the 
Cosby Show, in a film role in "My New Gun" and also in 
a number of television commercials. 



'They have an excellent faculty and The University of the Arts 
has an ace in the hole — it's in Philadelphia, which I think is 
a great place to be. .." 



"I always thought the great 
thing about the school — it 
was true then and it's a lot 
better now - is that it 
makes minds open up and 
keeps you thinking. You 
have to learn how to draw 
and paint, of course, hut 
you also have to read and 
learn how to be observant. " 




VO illustration, New York City. Internationally-known 
illustrator who has drawn for numerous magazines, including 
Punch. Esqidre, Time, Life. Sports Illustrated, Money and 
Smithsonian. 



With the help of The University of the Arts 
I was able to meet my goals. . . " 




Stanley Clarke 



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" When I entered the Uni- 
versity. I had just recently 
graduated from high 
school and I was a very 
excited music student. 
What I needed the most 
at that moment were 
teachers who would focus 
me on the right things so 
that 1 could become a com- 
plete musician. " 



7/ music, New York City. Has been featured nationally on 
the Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall Show, NBC News, CNN, 
Friday Night Videos, and many others including PBS, HBO, 
BET, and Arts & Entertainment Channels. He has composed, 
arranged, produced, recorded and/or performed with Paul 
McCartney, Jeff Beck, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Carlos 
Santana, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, George Duke, Stewart 
Copeland, Return to Forever, Ramsey Lewis and many others. 
Since the early 70s he has been an active recording artist with 
all of his recordings being released internationally. Tours with 
regular concert performances in all parts of the world includ- 
ing North America, Japan, Europe and South America. 



'There was a strong emphasis on drawing, 
and that kind of basic foundation will 
never fail you. . . '' 



' Your style will evolve over 
the years. . . But what 
keeps you vital in this 
business is the ability to 
draw, paint, compose 
and think. If you can do 
that. It all really falls 
into place. " 




'56 illustration, Philadelphia. Illustrated the books "Peter 
Rabbit," "Aesop's Fables," and, in 1991, "The Wizard of Oz," 
the latter two being published under his own Jelly Bean Press/ 
Random House imprint. His editorial illustration work 
includes 40 TV Guide covers, work in Redbook. Good Housekeep- 
ing. Ladies Home Journal. Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening 
Post. He has also written two books on Windsor furniture. 



when I came to The University of the Arts I had a 
sense of what I wanted to do and a lot of energy 
but no focus. ^' 




Caroline Clay 



7 liked the way the pro- 
gram was focused, not only 
on the Ditellectual growth 
of the actor, but on giving 
you a sense of your center 
and m training your 
body as the prime instru- 
ment of expression. You 
were encouraged to take 
risks without fear of fall- 
ing because you knew 
ultimately somebody u •ould 
be there to catch you. " 



'90 acting, New York City. She has played in the People's 
Light and Theater Company production ot "Achilles" in 
Hungary, Cyprus and the Philadelphia area, and appeared 
with the Philadelphia Drama Guild, Philadelphia Area 
Repertory Theater Company and Freedom Theater. 



7 run into a lot of people who arenH as well-trained as I 
am. At auditions nine-tenths of the people pick up a script 
and don't know where to begin. . . " 



"The Univernty of the Arts 
helped me immensely in the 
audition process because 
you are taught how to 
make instant, simple 
choices that are right for 
you and to go from there. " 




'87 acting, San Francisco. Her Off-Broadway acting garnered 
glowing reviews and a Hirshfeld caricature in the Neiv York 
Times: she has appeared on film ("The Hard Way") and TV 
("Law and Order," "One Lite to Live" and for the BBC). In her 
work for the New Dramatists, she has done numerous readings 
for playwrights such as John Patrick Shanley. 



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'When I came to the school I realized I tvasnt at the 
top of the heap anymore. It was an eye-opener, a very 
powerful environment. " 




"Such an immersion in 
work! We had classes from 
eight in the morning till 
six at night, and you were 
up as long as you could 
stand It every night to 
do the work. The curricu- 
lum forced you to drain 
yourself. " 



'G9 gluiilmetali, Kensington, New Hampshire. His work 
has been in numerous exhibitions including the MetropoUtan 
Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick 
Gallery, American Craft Museum, Philadelphia Museum of 
Art, Corning Museum of Glass, the National Gallery of 
Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) and the National Museum 
of Modern Art (Kyoto. Japan). He is an independent artist 
and designer tor Cristallerie Daum in France. 



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'The faculty inspired me to constantly search for 
new answers, ideas and concepts in design. '^ 



"I also learned to look at 
design from a broad-based 
perspective - not just as a 
product or graphics or 
interiors or signage, but as 
an integration of all those 
facets all the time. The 
kind of synergy that 
results is what I have 
practiced over the years, 
and what I teach. " 




'60 industrial desigii. Ohio Eminent Scliolar in Art and 
Design Technology at The Ohio State University and owner 
and president of Noel Mayo Associates, Inc., the nation's first 
African-American industrial design firm. A former chairman 
of Industrial Design at The University of the Arts, he has 
designed telephones, seating, desks, lighting fixtures and dim- 
mer controls (Lutron Electronics), exhibits, homes, offices, 
stores, restaurants, Philadelphia International Airport's 
communication center and signage for the airport, the city's 
mass transportation system and shopping malls. 



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7 had my first experiences with chamber inustc in 
college and that changed my whole life. " 




Lydia Artymiw 



" The repertoire forces you 
to listen, and that's very 
inipiirtant uhe)i playing 
tilth an orchestra because 
a lot oj what yon do is in 
response to uliat the or- 
chestra is doing. . . I also 
took certain courses. S(n)te 
rehited to music and some 
not - a course on Wagner 
and the Ring cycle, a 
course in which I had to 
choreograph a dance piece 
to electronic music, and an 
America)! poetry course — 
thiit opened up my hori- 
zons til he a more perceptive 
musician. " 



73 piano, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A concert pianist, she has 
appeared with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, 
Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles 
Philharmonic and the National Pittsburgh and Minnesota 
symphonies. She has given recitals with Yo-Yo Ma, Arnold 
Stenhardt and Benita Valente; recorded acclaimed albums; 
garnered top prizes in competitions including the Leeds Inter- 
national, Leventritt, and Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin 
Competition, and is an Alumni Award recipient. 



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'The discipline and the emphasis on how to 
be a professional is something that I rely 
upon to this day. '' 



' The attention from the 
teachers and the time they 
spent with each student 
was special. They taught 
us hou ' to let our strengths 
and abilities really show 
through. . . " 




'84 crafts! metals, Westport, Connecticut. Senior designer, 
Trifari Inc., New York City. Award winner. Sterling Silver 
Silversmiths Guild of America and finalist, in the Johnson 
Matthey SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition. 



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A World of Opportunity 



The Unitersity of the Arts 



As the alumni profiled on these pages prove, an 
education in the visual and performing arts can 
lead you to unexpected places and beyond. Each 
of these individuals began his or her education 
with an interest and commitment to the arts. 
Through ambition, dedication and discipline, 
each was able to achieve a superior level of accom- 
plishment and career satisfaction. 

In today's competitive global economy, businesses 
are rapidly becoming aware of the need tor cre- 
ative people to handle increasingly complex tasks. 
The opportunities are virtually unlimited lor stu- 
dents who can think critically and solve problems 
creatively. 

The University of the Arts currently counts over 
150 career paths lor talented visual and perform- 
ing arts students, and that number keeps grow- 
ing. The University's Office of Career Planning 
and Placement is continually updating the files 
and cultivating opportunities in industry, fine 
arts, and performing arts organizations. 

Students at The University of the Arts are im- 
mersed in an intensely creative arts environment. 
Your classmates may someday patent a revolu- 
tionary new design idea, win an Academy Award, 
exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art, perform 
in Carnegie Hall, create the special effects for 
Terminator VII, or start a dynamic new company. 
The University ol the Arts can help you fulfill 
your dreams for the future in any number of ways. 

The University of the Arts is an inspiring envi- 
ronment where visual and performing artists can 
develop talent and professionalism. It's also a 
place where, as The University of the Arts alumni 
demonstrate, hard work, talent and dedication 
can lead to lasting rewards. 



Philadelphia College of Art and Design 

Vudergraditate Degrees 

Bachelor of Fine Arts 

• Animation 

• Crafts 

• Film 

• Graphic Design 

• Illustration 

• Painting and Drawing 

• Photography 

• Printmaking 

• Sculpture 
Bachelor of Science 

• Industrial Design 
LUidergnidiiate Coiiceiitnjtioin 

• Art Education 

• Art Therapy 
Graduate Degrees 

• Master of Arts in Art Education 

• Mastet of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts 

• Master oi Arts in Museum Education 

• Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts/Printmaking 

• Master ot Fine Arts in Museum Exhibition Planning 
and Design 

• Master of Industrial Design 

Philadelphia College ofPerforiiiiiigArts 

Vudergraditate Degrees 
Bachelor of Fine Arts 

• Dance 

• Dance Education 

• Theater Arts 

• Musical Theater (Acting, Directing, Musical Theater, 
Stage Combat) 

Bachelor of Music 

• Performance (classical or jazz/commercial) 

• Composition 

• Theory 
Non-degree Programs 

• Two-year Certificate (Dance, Music) 

• Diploma in Music 

Graduate Degrees 

• Master of Music (performance or composition) 

• Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education 

• Graduate Diploma in Music 

• Graduate Diploma (performance) 



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